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Precast Award for Excellence

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park picked up its second award! The Architectural Precast Association selected the precast water feature at Fisher Hill for their Awards for Excellence

Precast water feature being set and positioned on the original Fisher Hill Reservoir berm

Precast water feature being set and positioned on the original Fisher Hill Reservoir berm

The project demonstrates thoughtfulness in both design and context, as well as in execution of craft.
— APA Jury

The idea behind the inclusion of a water feature at the park is to reinforce the fact and connection that this park was once a functioning reservoir. One of the driving forces of the design was to create a water feature that could stand alone as a sculptural element when there is no running water. The design features four different precast finishes set on different planes. The idea behind the different finishes and planes is to observe how water responds to the piece, creating ripples and catching light in distinct ways. The water feature sits to one side of the main promenade with a gentle slope into the moving water flow which allows kids to easily engage with the piece.

Two Projects, Two Wins

We are excited to announce two of our projects were among the winners at this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Design Awards! Our recognized projects were Suffolk University’s Roemer Plaza and Fisher Hill Reservoir Park.  

Roemer Plaza – AIA NE Citation Award for Institutional work

Roemer Plaza – AIA NE Citation Award for Institutional work

Roemer Plaza at Suffolk Universty’s Beacon Hill campus was an underutilized, disconnected space situated above a parking garage and divided into two parts by a 14’ grade change. The plaza was transformed to a continuous public open space with a forecourt for nearby state office buildings and an exterior classroom for the university.

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park – AIA NE Merit Award for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse* 

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park – AIA NE Merit Award for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse* 

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park was a KMDG design that preserved the important historic reference points on Fisher Hill by keeping the reservoir’s earth structure and historic gatehouse. Our partners Touloukian Touloukian won for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse for the work to preserve the gatehouse at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park. Congratulations Ted Touloukian and team!

Click Roemer Plaza and Fisher Hill Reservoir Park for more information on our projects.  

*Touloukian Touloukian's work at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park won for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary Named Green Building of the Year

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary was awarded Green Building of the Year by the US Green Building Council - Massachusetts. 

The award was judged on the following criteria:
·         Meeting the Challenges of the Project
·         Effective Collaboration/Communication Management
·         Innovation in Construction Techniques, Tools or Materials
·         Distinction in Client Service
·         Sensitivity to the Environment and Community

A big congrats to the team! 

For more information visit:
Summer Star's Website
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Our Project Page
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The Architect's Page

R-Line Wins Paul Davidoff Award

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Paul Davidoff Award

Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities Study

City of Providence and Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

This four-year Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities Study  focused on enhancing transit, land use, and art and cultural opportunities along the highest ridership bus routes in Providence. The neighborhoods located along the project corridors are home to residents most in need of improved transit service, reduced transportation and housing costs, and improved access to arts and cultural amenities. 

Although the study areas make up only a small land area, they are located along key corridors that contain nearly 50% of city residents over the age of 65 and over 60% of residents who live below the poverty level. Once fully implemented, the recommendations from this study will better connect residents to jobs and create investment and community pride in areas that are most in need. 

Many of the ideas that emerged from the study are already being implemented in order to build upon the place-making role of transit to revitalize Providence and highlight its unique neighborhoods. The transit improvements recommended by the study have been implemented along the first two of the five project corridors; many of the land use recommendations are being implemented through the new Providence zoning ordinance and zoning map recently adopted by the City Council; and several Pop-Up Providence events and installations were centered on important nodes along the transit corridors.

We Won Silver!

We are honored that the Steel Yard has received a 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.  The Steel Yard was one of four winners of the Silver Medal from the Bruner Foundation.  

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More information from Metropolis and Archpaper.

The Bruner Foundation team wrapped up our site visits to the 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence finalists with a trip to The Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island. Submitted by Klopfer Martin Design Group, the Steel Yard is an ongoing redevelopment of an historic steel fabrication facility into a campus for arts education, workforce training, and small-scale manufacturing.

Along with Congo Street Initiative and Inspiration Kitchens, the Steel Yard incorporates the rehabilitation of existing buildings and the use of recycled materials; like Via Verde and Louisville Waterfront Park, it is a brownfield site. The unseasonably cold weather we’ve experienced on most of our trips persisted during our visit to Providence. While the outdoor courtyard was quiet, indoors, people were occupied with creative metalworking and craft making while we met with staff, board members, program partners, community representatives, and funders from the Steel Yard.
— Anne-Marie Lubenau, Bruner Foundation, via Metropolis